In the world of postpartum depression, we learned this week that PPD may lower fertility levels and cause women to have fewer children. In the case of mom and writer Gemma Hartley, she says that her postpartum depression made her a better mother, in the long run. Can you relate?
Parents get real this week, as they describe why they are so exhausted, and one reason is that babies are not meant to sleep through the night, as everyone without a current infant imagines they should. It just doesn't happen on a normal basis. Sorry. Stop asking. Parents are also busting myths about sex after kids, and even more specifically, safe and comfortable sexual positions after birth. Rule number one: wait until you've been cleared by your provider to experiment with these.
Having sex or feeling sexy after birth can be a challenge for the mother if she is not in love with her postpartum body. It's a process and every mother has to write her own story. Read why it's OK to struggle with your body image and still love yourself. Body image is significant in all phases of pregnancy and motherhood, but how beautiful is this story of a woman who was able breastfeed while overcoming the demons of sexual abuse? Powerful.
And then, this happened! A basketball fan, enjoying the Big 12 Semi-Finals... and feeding her child... behind the coach... captured by ESPN! Rock On!
More often than not, if you're permitted to be in a space, so is your breastfeeding child. Take it from Bryan and Caryn Canatella, who partnered with Latched Mama for another great Dr. Seuss breastfeeding parody.
Clearly, we love moms who help to normalize extended breastfeeding, like Sophie Grégoire Trudeau who Speaks To Katie Couric About Breastfeeding Her 2-Year-Old Son. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova made an appearance on Amazon’s new livestream fashion and beauty show “Style Code Live" to chat about her Victoria’s Secret days, the public breastfeeding debate, and plus-sized models.
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Finally, my poor daughter has been sick since the last day of her Spring Break. Fortunately, she's rarely ill, so I always forget the rules of how much of which medicines are safe to use when. Naturally, I assumed that I would be one of the moms who never had a sick child, and if by chance she did catch the cooties from another child, I would treat her with essential oils, raw foods, yoga, and hydrotherapeutic compresses. Of course, all of that went out the window with her first ear infection, and her second fever, a year later- which came completely out of nowhere, and led to a febrile seizure. Scary stuff. My daughter was diagnosed with the flu, and outside of the widow to be treated with the common anti-viral, which isn't exactly safe for toddlers anyway. Upon the physician's recommendation, I continued to treat the fever, and would prepare to treat any other symptoms as they arose, as there were not any others at the time. All of this to say, that I am happy that I refreshed my knowledge on giving pain and fever reducing medications vs cough and cold medications to children. Learn more about what's happening to your sick child here, and the differences in medication here. Try these additional safe remediesinstead.
Be well and have a great week!